River House Perth Building Project, Western Australia Real Estate, Architecture Photos

River House in Perth

11 Feb 2021

River House in Western Australia

Design: Neil Cownie Architect

Location: Perth, Western Australia

River House Perth

The River House has been an interesting project. It involved Neil Cownie’s immediate clients as well as their parents and children. The primary focus was on multi-generational living. From this brief he designed two separate adjacent houses.

River House Perth

River House Perth

The family have strong UK connections. This influenced the external aesthetics. Neil Cownie’s clients also wanted to embrace the great outdoors of Australia.

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That led to a house that was quite conservative yet, also opened up to the outdoors. It connected internal and external spaces with the use of warm materials. It next to the river and the views were all important. Almost every room has river views.

River House Perth Western Australia Residence

The house design takes advantage of passive solar design, and cross ventilation. The two houses work together through their external spaces. The grandparents have access to their children’s house and grandchildren’s house. They can see the children at play in their cubby house cave just outside their window. They can be in their own house and watch their grandchildren at play.

River House Perth

River House Perth

The house has inbuilt versatility. As the children grow their needs change. The house has been able to adapt and ebb and flow with these different changes. It’s designed to do that. Having the grandparents next door is great for making sure that they are okay and then visa versa. The grandparents help out with the children. It’s great family multi-generational living.

River House Perth

River House Perth

Both households have overseas guests. The house responds to that as well as the guest accommodation is separate to the main house. Their guests could come and go and live independently for longer periods if they wish.

River House Perth

Perth property design by Neil Cownie Architect

The clients are happy with the way the house design maximises winter sun in and keeps the summer sun out. Cross-ventilation and then the access to the river and the views has been quite a benefit to the house.

Western Australian home design by architect Neil Cownie

Perth home design by Neil Cownie Architect

River House Perth

River house has received the following accolades:
• Finalist in the 2016 Good Design Australia Awards, ‘Residential Interior’ category
• Finalist in the 2016 Good Design Australia Awards, ‘Residential Architecture’ category

River House Perth

River House in Perth – Building Information

Architecture, Interior Design & Furniture selection: Neil Cownie Architect

Completion date: 2015
Building levels: 3

River House Perth

Photography © Rob Frith and Angelita Bonetti

River House in Perth images / information received 110221 from Neil Cownie Architect

Location: Perth, Western Australia

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